This condensed but excellent presentation of Custer’s last battle is targeted for young readers, but I would suggest they not be too young.

Billy Ray, 16, of Wickenburg, Arizona, agrees. “It’s not for kids under high school age,” he says. “There’s violence in it, and I thought the battle scenes were really detailed and kept my attention. Even the Indian women did things to the dead soldiers after the fighting. Also, the pictures showed what the battle and many of the Indians and soldiers looked like.” Nothing about death and violent action is especially sanitized for children here, and although quite brief, this book could also be illuminating for any adult being introduced to this subject. It is well done. The comprehensive time line, student-friendly resources and index make it ideal for kids writing reports on the battle.

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